undernourished

adjective
un·​der·​nour·​ished | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht, -ˈnə-risht\

Definition of undernourished

1 : supplied with less than the minimum amount of the foods essential for sound health and growth
2 : poorly supplied with vital elements or qualities undernourished independent libraries

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undernourishment \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈnər-​ish-​mənt , -​ˈnə-​rish-​ \ noun

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Many Venezuelans are undernourished, medicine is scarce and at least three million Venezuelans have left the country during the past two decades, causing a regional migrant crisis. José De Córdoba, WSJ, "Venezuelan Ex-Treasurer Admits He Took $1 Billion in Bribes," 21 Nov. 2018 Malnutrition remains chronic, with the World Food Program estimating that 40 percent of the population is undernourished. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "For Kim Jong Un, meeting Trump is about cementing power at home," 9 June 2018 Unsurprisingly, all that muscle leaves other parts undernourished. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "BMW X3 gets a redesign for 2018," 28 June 2018 Already about 1 billion people in the world are deemed food-insecure and 795 million are undernourished. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The weird power of rising carbon dioxide to make rice less nutritious," 24 May 2018 The hope is that the rice could feed the 41% of the country that the United Nations believes is undernourished. Ivan Watson, Jungeun Kim, Stella Ko And Jo Shelley, CNN, "Messages in bottles sent across the sea to North Korea," 17 May 2018 Venezuelans, many of whom are undernourished, anxiously wait for their monthly delivery, and a thriving black market has sprung up to sell CLAP products. Scott Smith, Houston Chronicle, "ConocoPhillips seeks control of Venezula oil assets to settle $2b award," 7 May 2018 Venezuelans, many of whom are undernourished, anxiously wait for their monthly delivery, and a thriving black market has sprung up to sell CLAP products. Scott Smith, Houston Chronicle, "ConocoPhillips seeks control of Venezula oil assets to settle $2b award," 7 May 2018 Umm Mizrah, who is nearly into the second trimester of pregnancy, weighs 38 kilograms (84 pounds) and is severely undernourished. Washington Post, "For Yemeni mothers, skipped meals and gnawing stomachs," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of undernourished

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of undernourished was in 1910

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undernourished

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of undernourished

: not getting enough food or not getting enough healthy food for good health and growth

undernourished

adjective
un·​der·​nour·​ished | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht \

Kids Definition of undernourished

: given too little food for proper health and growth

undernourished

adjective
un·​der·​nour·​ished | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht, -ˈnə-risht \

Medical Definition of undernourished

: supplied with less than the minimum amount of the foods essential for sound health and growth

Other Words from undernourished

undernourishment \ -​ˈnər-​ish-​mənt, -​ˈnə-​rish-​ \ noun

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